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Hamburg - "The gateway to the world" according to the city’s coat of arms - is, so they say, the wealthiest city in Germany thanks to shipping, TV and newspaper industries. As you would expect in such a large cosmopolitan destination, the accommodation options are endless; we have sifted through the choices and come up with our selection of the best places to stay in Hamburg.

Don't confuse Hamburg as the birthplace of the Burger - nothing is guaranteed to irritate the Hamburgers more than identification with the greasy beef pattie in a bun.

There is plenty of new design and construction going on here - from the stunning waterside HafenCity district to the new Philharmonic Hall, intended as a worthy rival to none other than the Sydney Opera House.

Back to the hotel scene. There are numerous chain hotels in the city, but we'll ignore those - here we have chosen some really special properties with character.

Best places to stay in Hamburg

For ultra stylish city cool

The East Hotel ticks all the boxes if you're looking for the best place to stay in Hamburg that is super cool and trendy. Rooms are stunning with interiors by Jordan Mozer and facilities are top notch including highly recommended restaurant and the ever popular Yashki's Bar.

For rooftop terrace and retro style

Although it might look like a throw back to the 60s or 70s, undoubtedly one of the best places to stay in Hamburg is the boutique 25 Hours. The roof top terrace is perfect for hot summer days, and rooms are stylish if not a little futuristic. It's great value too.

For loft style character

The Gastwerk Hotel has been converted from a late 1890s industrial building and now offers character filled, loft style rooms. Decor is all about the contrasts; rich wood and fabrics vie for space with stark metal and concrete. There is a bar and restaurant, plus spa if the stresses of the city get too much.

Browse our selection of the best places to stay in Hamburg and start to plan your visit.

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  • 25 Hours


    A funky retro hotel with a lilting mix of retro design from the 60s and 70s. Rooms with soft patterned wallpaper, exposed concrete, lots of radiant white, zebrawood and splashes of red and magenta. The roof top terrace is the perfect summer hang out. Fantastic futurism at this city spot.

    128 rooms from $117
    City Style  -  A trendy hotel staffed by the young and hip, boasting 'luxe-maritime' interiors in Überseequartier, in the west end of the city.
    Local markets  -  Rse early and make a trip to the bussling fish market.
    Spa  -  At nearby hotel, 10 euros per person for the day.
    Sailing  -  Take a boat ride around the habour.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • 25 Hours Hafencity


    A high design boutique hotel in a former shipping yard. Maritime themes dominate the bedrooms and living areas with designer shipyard debris. Cosy living and meeting areas, a good restaurant, bar and sauna. Hip, but not over the top.

    170 rooms from $123
    City Style
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Quirky  -  An experience!
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Gastwerk Hotel


    Pure design in the midst of impressive architecture. Bare brick walls, sloping beams, floor to ceiling windows, and ochre tones give it a trendy loft-style character to this former gasworks. Even the restaurant, conference rooms and spa maintain sleek design. Impressive city style from head to toe.

    141 rooms from $146
    City Style  -  A trendy design hotel in a converted gasworks, boasting exposed brick and high design furniture.
    Local markets  -  Get up early and visit the Hamburg Fish Market, well worth the early rise.
    Sights nearby  -  Admire the St. Micheaelis, a landmark of the city.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Tablet
  • SIDE


    One of the more lively spots in Hamburg. Cool contemporary design, popular restaurant and bar, extensive spa. Spacious rooms and suites with lots of natural light and all the modern gadgetry. A young persons spot with lots of nightlife.

    178 rooms from $157
    Bar  -  Top night spot.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Within wallking distance of Hamburg's major attractions
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, CN Traveller
  • The George


    A very chic English themed hotel on the banks of the Elbe with spectacular river views. Interiors have patterned wallpapers, shabby chic leather chairs, English icons in print. Contemporary rooms and suites have private balconies and all the mod cons. Excellent restaurant, bar and spa too.

    125 rooms from $169
    Views  -  Stunning views over the Elbe.
    Roof terrace
    City Style
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Louis C Jacob Hotel


    A haven of old world charm for food lovers. The hotel oozes the tradition and character of Hamburg throughout its Michelin restaurant and bar of vintage classics. Contemporary rooms and suites have lots of natural light, parquet floors and classic furniture. A real gem.

    85 rooms from $173
    Foodies  -  Michelin starred Jacob's restaurant.
    Views  -  Wonderful views over the Elbe River
    Sights nearby  -  Kultursalon CARLS at the Elbe Philharmonic Hall.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, CN Traveller
  • Hotel Atlantic Kempinski


    Five Star opulence worthy of its appearance in one of James Bond's adventures. Grand Hotel on the waterfront. Palatial in size and atmosphere. Rooms and suites, contemporary and some more traditionally elegant, with all the modern gadgetry. Restaurants, huge spa, bar etc. For the luxury traveller.

    245 rooms from $188
    Spa breaks
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    City Style
  • East Hotel


    A trendy design hotel championing East and West. Fantastic facilities include a cinema, spa, and a lively nightlife spot. Everything from the restaurant to the rooms oozes modern eclecticism. An ultra stylish city spot.

    127 rooms from $210
    City Style  -  A hip hotel in the heart of Hamburg's St. Pauli district.
    Sights nearby  -  Walk down to the harbour and visit St. Michael's Church.
    Sailing  -  Take a boat tour of Hamburg's harbour.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
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